Gold Panda returns in majestic form on this, the follow up to his 2010 stunner ‘Lucky Shiner’. ‘Half Of Where You Live’ sees the Essex-born producer continue his policy of taking samples from different lands and cultures and weaving them together into something approaching a unique globetrotters handbook. ‘Brazil’, inspired by $35 cocktails and the slums of São Paulo, chimes in with a repetitive, looped vocal over skittering beats, while ‘Community’ ups the BPM and creates the album’s highlight in the process. Elsewhere, ‘An English House’ exemplifies Gold Panda’s subtle use of melody and tone while ‘Flinton’ is reminiscent of debut album cut ‘You’. Warm, thoughtful and special, ‘Half Of Where You Live’ furthers Gold Panda’s winning streak, impressing at every juncture and moving its creator further toward the light. Surely this is the album that will see him make his well-deserved and long awaited breakthrough.
We still don't know his name, but Gold Panda has made it easy for us to know him. The British producer's debut, 2010's Lucky Shiner, was an emotive tapestry of personal history, with textures that evoked imagery with a distinct personal glow. On his second album and first substantial release in three years, Half of Where You Live, Gold Panda shifts the focus from who he is to where he's been. This shift makes sense. The success he's enjoyed has sent him far from the suburban Essex enclave he once called home. Lucky Shiner cuts like "India Lately" and "Same Dream China" swirled the culturally distinctive sounds of plucked strings and tangled sitar detritus into their respective mixes. 2009's Miyamae EP took its name from a ward of the Japanese city of Kawasaki; its bookended cuts were named, respectively, "Back Home" and "Long Vacation". Clearly, the act of leaving is far more intriguing to him than returning. A quick scan of Half of Where You Live's tracklist uncovers more name-checked locales-- Brazil, Hong Kong, the Japanese island of Enoshima, the British town of Flinton-- but above all else, Gold Panda's current residence of Berlin looms large. Whereas Lucky Shiner had a bright, nostalgic glow, Half of Where You Live is distinctly darker and, at points, clubbier than its predecessor. The glimmering synths and hazy, chiming techno featured on James Holden's Border Community label are reference points here, alongside shimmering vignettes that call back to the pretty-sounding IDM that German imprint Morr Music was known for in the early 2000s. Half of Where You Live doesn't mark the first time Gold Panda's flirted with more distinctly dancey fare, but it's he's never been this successful with it. For all its winsome elegance, there were moments on Lucky Shiner that, for better or worse, sounded truly handmade to the point that you could practically hear Gold Panda's fingers mashing hia Akai MPC. The MPC is still present here-- the gurgling "S950" takes its name from a specific model of the sampling equipment-- but these tracks sound smoother and more refined, a logical progression from the staticky amniotic techno that made up this year's brief stopgap EP, Trust. Gold Panda's long been someone who works very well in miniature form; his talent for pushing repetition to the brink of its greatest, most pleasurable effect is documented by the attention-grabbing success of early singles "Quitter's Raga" and "You". But his ability to expand his vision to fit longer forms is his secret weapon. The nearly psychedelic sprawl of "India Lately" already suggested as much, and on Half of Where You Live, Gold Panda delivers his most potent side-stretcher in the form of "Brazil". The six-minute track is the closest thing this album comes to in terms of anthems, as a hollow bassline and a male voice repeating the titular city's name build the backbone. A mess of chimes come crashing in, the beat drops, and then picks up again with a tangy, winding synth line that makes for a seismic, satisfying addition. "Brazil" is Half of Where You Live's big highlight, and the subtlety of its charms extend to the record as a whole. The winsome, direct melodies that marked Lucky Shiner's high points are largely absent here, which may cause some to consider the album a slight disappointment. That's understandable, but ultimately the success of Half of Where You Live lies not in Gold Panda repeating old tricks, but in how he's expanded his repertoire to include new sounds, and his aesthetic proves sturdy enough to accomdate them.
Since 2006, THE VIEW have been one of the most formative names in the indie genre. Now after 7 years, spanning 4 albums and numerous awards and appraisals from critics, they’re launching “Seven Year Setlist” – a compilation album that also features their new single “Standard” – all set for release on 17 June. The intimate setting of London’s Borderline certainly creates a feeling of anticipation as it starts to fill up with fans ranging from all ages and all backgrounds (with quite a few Scots, mind!). The View arrive onstage to a huge round of applause and cheers. It’s clear that there is a solid relationship between the band and their fans as it’s almost like old friends mee･･････
先日発売したセカンド・アルバム『Half of Where You Live』が、各音楽誌から高い評価を受けているGOLD PANDAことダーウィン・シュレッカー。今回、4月来日時に行った、彼へのインタビューをお届けします。 日本に1年ほど住んでいたという彼。日本語を交えながら気さくに話をしてくれました。 アルバムはここから全曲視聴できます。 自信がついたことから、シンプルな音作りを目指したと話すダーウィン君。是非聞いてみてください！
イギリス・ロンドン出身で、インド人の祖母を持つエレクトロ・ミュージシャンのGold Panda。『Lucky Shiner』『Companion』と、“ベッドルーム”から独特なオリエンタルな香りが立ち込めるサウンドを展開し、ここ日本でも話題をさらいました。そして、6/5に約3年ぶりとなる待望の新作『Half Of Where You Live』（フル・アルバム）をリリース！ 「Brazil」「Enoshima」などの地名を冠した楽曲をはじめ、“旅”“都市”とリンクした作品になっていることがうかがえます。長期間にわたるツアーや新天地ドイツ・ベルリンでの新生活。さまざまな環境変化を経て、どのように本作は生み出されたのでしょうか。新譜リリースに先駆け、4/16に来日公演を行ったGold Pandaを直撃しました！
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2013.06.12 OUT GOLD PANDA
"HALF OF WHERE YOU LIVE"
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2013.05.15 OUT CHRISTOPHER OWENS
"LYSANDRE (ACOUSTIC ALBUM)"
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